Wisconsin School Under Fire For Assigning Outlandish Anti-Republican Test

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Students at Shattuck Middle School reportedly received an assignment recently that has some parents up in arms. According to EAG News, students at the Neenah, Wis., school were given a worksheet depicting two laborers, one of whom is laying bricks along a pathway while the other is removing them. Scroll down for video.

The former man was shown with the Democrat Party’s jackass symbol on his shirt, while the latter’s clothes bore an elephant associated with the GOP.

The eighth grade class was then instructed to analyze the photos and answer a series of questions about their behavior, culminating with the query: “What might this mean to us about immigration and citizenship?”

As it turns out, the two men reportedly signify the Democrat’s effort to build a so-called pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants contrasted by the position of many Republicans that America’s immigration laws should be enforced.

One parent, Scott Radies, was taken aback by the assignment, explaining he initially checked the back of the sheet “to see if the opposite view” was expressed. It wasn’t.

He then perused his son’s answers – for which he was given a perfect grade.

“When I saw his answers to the questions,” Radies explained, “and realized that the teacher gave him five out of five so apparently those answers that he gave were the ones she was looking for because he got them all right.”

Some of the answers he wrote to earn the grade included his analysis that “the Democrat is building [and] the Republican is destroying” and “that the Democrats want immigrants to come in and Republicans don’t.”

h/t: Right Wing News

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Scott Walker: Ivy League Lawyer In White House Has ‘Done A Pretty Lousy Job Of Leading’ U.S.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has taken some criticism by the liberal elites for not completing his undergraduate college degree. Former Vermont Governor Howard Dean questioned Walker’s education and competency on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on February 12:

Scott Walker, were he to become president, would be the first president in many generations who did not have a college degree…The issue is, how well educated is this guy? And that’s a problem.

Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly asked the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate for his response to these complaints about his lack of a degree. Walker, who left Marquette University in his senior year to work full-time for the American Red Cross, laughed at Governor Dean’s insulting remarks:

I said it’s interesting, that’s kind of the elitist government-knows-best top-down approach from Washington we’ve heard from years. I don’t know about you, Megyn, but we’ve had an Ivy League-trained lawyer in the White House for the last six years, who was pretty good at reading off the teleprompter, but done a pretty lousy job leading this country. I’d rather have a fighter who’s actually proven he can take on the Big Government special interests and win.

Walker mentioned that many people have achieved success without a college degree.

I think there’s a lot of Americans out there that scratch their head and say, we have people who help found Microsoft, Apple, Facebook, plenty of other successful businesses and enterprises across this country that did the exactly same sort of thing I did – have an opportunity to start a career, an opportunity to start a business senior year of college and went out and did it.

The Wisconsin governor told The Kelly File host that he and his wife value higher education, but it’s not a necessity for success.

I have two kids in college, I hope they finish, I expect that. My wife and I are helping to fund their pathway along with the hard work they put in. So we value college for those who pursue that career; but in the end, you don’t have to have that to be successful, like many Americans have over the years.

Governor Walker has garnered 24 percent of the Iowa voters in a new poll, ahead of tied second place contenders Jeb Bush and Senator Rand Paul.

h/t: Weekly Standard

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University Announces Fee For Students Who Opt Out Of Its Health Plan

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It’s bad enough that Americans are fined if they refuse to buy insurance meeting Obamacare’s guidelines.  Now, a major university is getting into the act.

David Skorton, the president of Cornell University, has sent an email to students announcing a $350 fee for students who opt out of the school’s health care plan.

Skorton writes: “Although introducing a new fee is never desirable, moving to a model that includes a health fee — a standard in college health nationwide — will make student costs more predictable and encourage students to seek the care they need.”  It goes into effect this upcoming academic year.

Skorton expects that 70 percent of undergrads, 10 percent of grad students, and 30 percent of professional students will be affected, netting the University an estimated $3.9 million.  It turns out that Gannett Health Services, which services the needs of students, has been operating at a deficit.

Unlike Obamacare, students who get “fined” will be eligible for a $10 co-pay covering most Gannett visits.

News of the fee resulted in a sit-in Monday, but the president had already made up his mind. He told protestors that nothing can be done about the fee.

It’s not a bad deal for the university, which charges students $2,352 to opt in this year.  If they opt out, the school will soon charge $350.  It makes you wonder if that kind of model would work for a college cafeteria — charging a higher fee for students who eat in the dining hall and a lower fee for students who eat off campus.

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School Superintendent Tells 8-Year-Old To Stop Handing Out Anti-Common Core Paraphernalia

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Earlier this month, Kelly Watson received a call from the principal of her daughter’s school asking her to come in. Her daughter, Faith, is 8-years-old and a student at Martin Bluff Elementary School in Gautier, Miss.

Watson had recently attended a rally at the state capitol and had come home with buttons, bookmarks, and stickers that read, “Stop Common Core.” Faith asked if she could take some to school and pass them out to her friends. Watson said the other children were asking Faith questions about Common Core, and that she was able to answer them. “She was an A student,” Watson said, emphasizing that she did not pressure her daughter to pass out the anti-Common Core paraphernalia. “She knows all about Common Core. She hates it.”

School authorities were less than pleased. The principal, Victoria Hoover, told Watson that Faith was not allowed to hand anything out without permission from the superintendent, Wayne Rodolfich. Rodolfich said Faith couldn’t hand out the pins because they were dangerous (though the school’s handbook has no rule about pins on buttons unless the button is vulgar or demeaning, or the pin is being used as a weapon); however, Rodolfich’s no-pin rule “doesn’t explain why you can’t hand out bookmarkers and stickers,” Watson pointed out. “I’m still waiting on that.”

Incidentally, Rodolfich issued a public letter last week opposing an effort in the state legislature to repeal Common Core. He made the point that millions of taxpayer dollars have already gone into implementing Common Core, and millions more would be needed to create new standards.

“While I realize the opinion of licensed degreed professionals is not always valued by some in our state,” he remarked, “I would ask that anyone with any understanding of creating new standards calculate how many millions of dollars and years it will take to complete this process again? This is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

In response, State Senator Michael Watson, who sponsored the bill to repeal Common Core in Mississippi along with State Senator Angela Burks-Hill, wrote a letter in which he stated, “Mr. Rodolfich is a prime example of an educrat who thinks he knows what’s better for your children and my daughters than we do. Over the past 50 years, Washington has gained unprecedented, centralized control over our classrooms and our children. As a result, public education in Mississippi is worse for the wear. Mississippi’s stellar teachers have done the best with what they’ve been given. However, their hands are tied by highstakes testing and a lack of autonomy in their classrooms.” He went on to state some of his specific concerns about Common Core.

If nothing else, this is an issue of free speech. Just because Faith is 8-years-old by no means diminishes the freedom she has to have an opinion and speak her mind as a citizen of this country.

What do you think? Should Faith be allowed to pass out anti-Common Core information and speak her mind at school? And is it worth “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” as Rodolfich wrote, to implement a better educational standard?

h/t: TheBlaze

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University Bans Use Of ‘Mr., Mrs. Or Ms.’ In The Name Of Political Correctness

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According to recent reports, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has handed down a decision that will force its staff to ditch certain honorifics when addressing others. The new policy prohibits the use of “Mr., Mrs. or Ms.” due to their potentially discriminatory characteristics.

CUNY Interim Provost Louise Lennihan distributed a memo touting the “respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment” the new policy will help preserve, explaining the absence of these titles serves to “accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students.”

While another university source suggested the policy shift was part of the school’s compliance with federal law, however, at least one expert in anti-discrimination legislation confirmed no such policy is required.

“They are not mandated to do this,” attorney Saundra Schuster said.

Regardless of legal requirements, though, CUNY staff members took the memo as a direct order to curtail the use of certain gender-based titles.

“My interpretation was that I was being asked to adhere to this policy,” said professor Juliette Blevins, “as were the professors who received the letter.”

Another CUNY professor, Joseph Borelli, indicated that he is open to embracing whatever titles his students prefer, though he opposes limiting speech with this restrictive policy.

“If a student asked me to call him Godzilla, I would happily call him Godzilla,” he said, “or whatever anyone asked to be called. But we do not need another ultra-PC policy change.”

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